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Nope, that’s full blown misogyny

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 23:23 EDT
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You know, I want to believe the Catholic church defenders when they say that it’s not about misogyny. I want to believe them when they say the priesthood excludes women because of tradition. I want to believe them when they say that the bans on contraception are about marriage and the sanctity of sex. I want to believe them when they say the ban on abortion is about being “pro-life”. But it’s so hard, and not just because they seek out small children that are rape victims that need abortions, and move heaven and earth to ruin those girls’ lives and health by preventing it. It’s also this. (Hat tip.)

Three Catholic women’s communities in Washington state are being investigated by the Vatican. They were chosen for review as part of an extensive investigation into American nuns. The Vatican says it’s following up on complaints of feminism and activism.

They committed feminism! You know, the act of believing that women are human beings and equal to men! This is by far more important and pressing that pursuing stupid things the rest of the world seems to think are so important, like stopping priests from raping children.

I tried, I really did. I tried valiantly to ignore the evidence doing a tap dance in front of my face. In order to be a good, tolerant liberal, I was told over and over again by conservatives that I have to pretend that the Catholic church isn’t a nasty ol’ patriarchal institution that increasingly exists mostly to keep a boot on the neck of women worldwide while amassing its own power and wealth. But I’m afraid I’ll have to bend to the evidence and say it: The Catholic church is misogynist. And it doesn’t just happen to be misogynist. Much of its reason for existing is to promote misogyny worldwide.

I blame the church for not helping out just a little. If they want to maintain the ruse that their misogynist policies are just an outgrowth of deeply held beliefs that aren’t rooted in the hatred of women, they could do a slightly better job at establishing plausible deniability. But when you investigate and persecute nuns for committing acts of feminism? Sorry, but fuck you. You’re a bunch of woman-hating pieces of shit.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
 
 
 
 
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